January was among driest months ever recorded in Kamloops

It was also warmer than average, much warmer than the deep freeze that has now gripped the region

If it feels like January’s warm weather betrayed your sense of winter, there’s data to back that up.

January was an unseasonably warm and dry month for Kamloops, with the average temperature, 0.2 C, three degrees above the average and 1.4 degrees warmer than last year.

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It was also the eighth-driest January on record, with just 5.7 millimetres of snow and rain falling. Compare that amount to the 23.7 millimetres that fell in January 2018 and the average precipitation of 21 millimetres and one can appreciate how dry last month truly was in Kamloops.

Although the month was the 15th-warmest of any on record, there weren’t any records broken, according to Environment Canada meteorologist Bobby Sekhon.

“We came close a couple of times, but it doesn’t look like we broke any maximum temperature records,” Sekhon said.

As for the current frozen state of the city, Sekhon said the weather is not going to change any time soon.

“It has settled in for awhile, actually. The next week to 10 days looks like below-normal temperatures,” he said.

Kamloops has had lows just below -18 C in recent days — with wind-chill values into the deep minus-20s. Sekhon said that is about as cold as it will get for now, with the mercury expected to warm up. Environment Canada’s forecast predicts highs of -10 C on Wednesday, -7 C on Thursday and Friday (with snow both days), -5 C on Saturday and -3 C on Sunday. Lows are expected to range between -9 C and -14 C through Sunday.

Sekhon said below-normal temperatures are likely to persist at least until Feb. 20.

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